Virginia Helen Cotten, 85, of Rochester, passed away on Sept. 9, 2019, at Fairview Care Center in Dodge Center.

Virginia was born on Sept. 5, 1934, in Kalmar Township, Olmsted County to William and Lucille (Hanson) Postier. After the death of her mother, her father, Bill, married Marie Swendson who helped raise Virginia and her sister, Betty. Virginia was a graduate of Byron High School.

On Aug. 4, 1956, Virginia married Darrell Earl Cotten. Together, they raised their family in Rochester, eventually moving to rural Kasson to be near family. In 1998, her husband, Darrell, passed away and Virginia eventually moved back to Rochester.

Virginia held various jobs at Saint Marys and Rochester Methodist Hospitals and Mayo Clinic before retiring in 1994. She made many friends throughout her working career.

Virginia is survived by two sons, Steve (Tammy) Cotten of Cook, and Mike Cotten of Mill Creek, Wash.; one daughter, Julie (Steve) Garcia of Dodge Center; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, as well as a nephew, Dave (Londa) Johnson.

Virginia enjoyed following the Minnesota Twins, but she absolutely LOVED the Minnesota Vikings. She was up for almost anything, except eating Chinese food! She spent a great deal of time with her beloved Shar-Pei dogs and enjoyed her time at the dog park.

Visitation for Virginia will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Byron Funeral Home, with a time of remembrance beginning at 4 p.m. This gathering of friends and family also marks the 21st anniversary of her husband Darrell's death. Virginia has been privately buried at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester alongside Darrell.

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